Western Washington children hospitalized with possible nervous

Cases have been reported in the metro, central and northeastern Minnesota.

The children live in King, Pierce, Lewis and Snohomish counties. Four of the five had a fever of 100.4 or higher.

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The Star Tribune reports the polio-like disease came to the attention of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2014 after clusters were discovered in Colorado and California.

"These are all children under five", said Chas DeBolt, a senior epidemiologist for vaccine-preventable disease at the Department of Health. "We'll continue to investigate and share information when we have it". It's also known as 'AFM'. "Less than one in a million people in the United States get AFM each year", the CDC says.

"They may have a little bit of a facial droop similar to what we see with a bell's palsy because those muscles are affected".

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However, a person can catch a virus from someone that leads to AFM. The illnesses are described as having "polio-like symptoms". Dr. Meade said sometimes people recover from the paralysis, but others don't recover even after several years.

A 2-year-old girl from Batavia is facing a long, hard recovery after contracting a rare polio-like disease that has been reported in children across the United States.

There have been 38 confirmed cases in 16 states so far.

"The CDC has acknowledged that 362 cases of AFM have been reported since 2014, indicating an increasing infection rate", Klobuchar wrote in the letter. Three cases were reported in 2017, and one other case was reported in Washington since the beginning of 2018.

While there is no cure, health experts say you should take preventative measures including washing your hands or coughing into your elbow.

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